'Madden NFL 22' Places Its Bets on Cincinnati Bengals for Super Bowl Win

Madden's simulation also shows Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow getting that coveted triple crown.

click to enlarge In a Feb. 7, 2022, video from Madden NFL 22, Marshawn Lynch "predicts" that the Cincinnati Bengals will win Super Bowl LVI. - photo: YouTube screen grab
photo: YouTube screen grab
In a Feb. 7, 2022, video from Madden NFL 22, Marshawn Lynch "predicts" that the Cincinnati Bengals will win Super Bowl LVI.

Cincinnati has yet another cheerleader in its corner as the Super Bowl approaches.

Madden NFL 22, that perennial bastion of touchdown goodness from EA Sports, predicts that the Cincinnati Bengals will conquer the Los Angeles Rams 24-21 during Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, Feb. 23. In Madden's video game simulation between the two teams, the Bengals come from behind to win it at the last minute on yet another field goal kick from standout rookie Evan McPherson.

Sounds a bit like this game? And this game?

What's more, Madden predicts that Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will throw for two touchdowns, nab the Super Bowl MVP honor and become the first quarterback to get the triple crown: Super Bowl MVP, Heisman Trophy and NCAA national championship.

Madden NFL 22 announced its findings Monday with a video featuring former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch "predicting" the Bengals win.


The long-time Madden franchise has been running simulations and predicting Super Bowl winners annually since 2004, with an 11-7 record.

Oh, and one more thing: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and newly retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady grace the cover of Madden NFL 22, which came out in August. The Bengals defeated Mahomes and the Chiefs  on Jan. 30 to take the AFC Championship, and Brady gave big kudos to Burrow during a podcast on Jan. 31. No one in a Bengals uniform has been on a Madden cover (former players have worn other uniforms in cover photos) — perhaps that will change soon?

The Madden NFL series is named after Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and television commentator John Madden. Madden died on Dec. 28.

Madden joins a chorus of voices rooting for a Bengals win, including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Anitta and even Cincinnati's favorite hippo Fiona.

The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, Feb. 13. The game will be played at the Rams' home of SoFi Stadium, but the Bengals will be the home team. NBC will broadcast the game, and fans also can watch on Peacock, Telemundo, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

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